I have fond memories of candy cigarettes as a child of the 80s and 90s. Something alluring about lighting up and blowing smoke rings made me want to try them. While this is a bad idea for anyone, it’s especially dangerous for children who don’t know how to handle cigarettes properly. Still, many people miss these sweet treats from their childhood (including myself). Here are three candies we miss as Indian kids:
Parle Pipe was a candy cigarette popular among Indian kids in the 70s and 80s. It was popular by Parle G and looked exactly like real cigarettes. These days, they’re banned in India—but if you grew up there before that law took effect, you probably recognize them instantly.
They are not actual cigarettes. But very sweet and lovely candies which every child in 90s enjoy with their friends.
Melody candies were a favorite for many Indian kids in the ’80s and ’90s. It got fame”Melody Khao khud jaan jao” jingle made them very popular. You could also buy them individually, but why would you when you could get so many for so little?
The chocolate bars were wrapping in colorful foil wrappers with the Melody logo on the front and some kind of picture on the back (often of Bollywood actors). The candy itself was soft and smooth—perfect for eating straight out of your hand or chewing on while watching TV with your family.
Parle KissMe Candies
If you’re old enough to remember the 1990s, then you probably remember Parle KissMe bars. These delicious chocolate bars with a thin layer of peanut butter and caramel hit in India for years.
This is why it’s so sad that KissMe bars aren’t sold here anymore. They had a unique flavor—not too sweet, not too savory—and they were just right for eating on hot summer days or when your stomach grumbled after school. We may have to look back fondly on those days now, but we’ll always be grateful that we got to enjoy something so delicious during our childhood!
It’s hard to imagine not having the option to buy these candies anymore, but it’s also super exciting. The candy market is constantly growing and evolving, and we can’t wait to see what new delicious treats will be on offer next.